Don’t Let the Door Hit You: Less Than One-Fourth of Americans Say That They Will Miss Bush

225px-george-w-bushOver seventy-five percent of Americans say that they will not miss President George Bush and that he cannot leave office too soon. That is 24 four points higher than the 51 percent who said that they would not miss Bill Clinton.


Just to make sure that he get the message. Twenty-eight percent say that President Bush is the worst president in U.S. history while twenty-three percent said that they will miss him. Even excluding industry lobbyists, bailout recipients, and environmental felons, that leaves five percent.

Bush has reached an unprecedented unpopularity — making further declines almost statistically impossible with his support reduced to the bedrock of the religious right and conservative base.

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23 thoughts on “Don’t Let the Door Hit You: Less Than One-Fourth of Americans Say That They Will Miss Bush”

  1. Mark and your fellow trolls,
    I can only assume that you are getting paid by the word for your work and if that is the case, well we all have to make a buck.
    However, if you’re not getting paid than you are amazingly vapid individuals, who get satisfaction from the silliness of your own writing. I wish you a happy new year, where perhaps you might find more productive uses for your time and consequently stop wasting our time.

  2. Hey, trolls, what’s your point? Are you really attempting to get us, or any liberals or progressives, to think well of Bush? Or have you been assigned to us? Are you trying to convince us or yourselves that our country hasn’t been driven into a ditch over these last eight long tedius years? Are you kidding? Perhaps you should spend some private time trying to justify to yourself how you could still possibly support Bush’s regime before wasting your time and ours here. The very best Bush can possibly hope for as a legacy is that he’s considered historically irrelevant.

  3. rafflaw said:

    “The trolls are out again.”

    Brother, you said it. I don’t even recognize some of these names, but a few lines into their rants (and let’s face it, a sentence or two is all I can stomach) not to mention the psychotic-obsessive post-after-post tells me these trolls be on a roll …

  4. A Tale Of Two Presidential Workout Fanatics

    December 26, 2008 4:20 PM PT

    Fit Republican president = Selfish, indulgent, creepy fascist.

    Fit Democratic president = Disciplined, health-conscious Adonis role model.

    Ah, the perks of media affection. On Christmas Day, the Washington Post delivered a front-page paean to Barack Obama’s workout habits. The 1,233-word ode to O’s physical fitness read more like a Harlequin romance novel than an A1 news article.

    Sighed smitten reporter Eli Zaslow, “The sun glinted off chiseled pectorals sculpted during four weightlifting sessions each week, and a body toned by regular treadmill runs and basketball games.” Drool cup to the newsroom, stat.

    The Post enlightened us with more gushing commentary from Obama friends and associates, who explain how, as the subtitle of Zaslow’s opus put it, “Gym Workouts Help Obama Carry the Weight of His Position.”

    For adoring journalists, you see, Obama’s workout fanaticism demonstrates the discipline and balance in his life. Apparently, what’s good for Obama’s glistening pecs is good for the country.

    And when Obama feels better, the skies will part, the sun will shine (in moderate, environmentally correct, non-global-warming-inducing amounts, of course), and peace will reign worldwide!

    Too bad the doughy, McDonald’s-chomping, coffee-guzzling members of the White House press corps couldn’t see the merits of White House exercise over the past eight years.

    The same reporters who so greatly admire Obama’s lithe figure derided Bush for his training schedule.

    Former Post writer Jonathan Chait famously attacked Bush three years ago in an opinion piece for the Los Angeles Times headlined “The (over)exercise of power.”

    Recounting how President Bush ran 3.5 miles a day and preached more cross-training to a federal judge, Chait fumed: “Am I the only person who finds this disturbing? . . . What I mean is the fact that Bush has an obsession with exercise that borders on the creepy.”

    Chait argued that Bush’s passionate devotion to exercise was a dereliction of duty. “Does the leader of the free world need to attain that level of physical achievement?” he jeered. “It’s nice for Bush that he can take an hour or two out of every day to run, bike or pump iron. Unfortunately, most of us have more demanding jobs than he does.”

    Chait was not alone. Reuters journalist Caron Bohan weaved the same unhinged themes into a piece on Bush’s two-hour, 17-mile bike ride with cycling champ Lance Armstrong in Crawford, Texas, in 2005. After noting his six-days-a-week workout schedule, Bohan steered the piece into an anti-war screed:

    “Bush says exercise helps sharpen his thinking. But some of his critics view his exercise obsession as an indulgence that takes time away from other priorities. Among them is Cindy Sheehan, the Vacaville, Calif., mother of a soldier killed in Iraq, who until late last week was camped out down the road from Bush’s ranch seeking a meeting with him to discuss her opposition to the war. Sheehan, who left her vigil on Thursday to tend to her sick mother, has said she believes Bush should take fewer bike rides to have more time to focus on the ‘the nation’s work.’ ”

    The good news: In just a few short weeks, W. will be able to exercise in peace, free from the disapproving glares of journalists now rushing to mop the sweat — er, the glisten — from Barack Obama’s hallowed brow.

  5. Woman who’s never worked: I’ll work twice as hard…

    Remember when she (Caroline Kennedy) had that job with the NYC Department of Education that she, um, never showed up to?

    This captures the “logic” of her candidacy quite nicely:
    “Many people remember that spirit that President Kennedy summoned forth,” she said. “Many people look to me as somebody who embodies that sense of possibility. I’m not saying that I am anything like him, I’m just saying there’s a spirit that I think I’ve grown up with that is something that means a tremendous amount to me.”

    Hereditary mystique, in other words.

    As for her chat with NY1, Ben Smith has the full transcript. A favorite exchange:

    Dominic Carter: Might you have any interests higher than the US Senate? I mean, might we see a Caroline Kennedy on the ticket someday?
    Caroline Kennedy: (Laughs) Now, well, can we just, you know, get through this, like, you know, right here now? I mean, you know.

    All Americans should at least skim the interview to catch the difference in tone between this pattycake session and, say, Charlie Gibson’s session with Palin. Palin got a pop quiz on the Bush doctrine and Princess gets questions on what she thinks of J-Lo and what John-John would say if he were here now.

    Think Dominic Carter was excited to land this interview?

  6. Did a single one of you bother to read the dislaimers in the poll or even check WHO they polled?

    Per the above posters, CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Polled 49% Democrats, 29% Independents, and 22% Republicans. Once again proving you cannot believe any poll out there that has CNN’s name to it.

  7. swami, i mean smari,

    Al Queda supported Saddam. They may have had their differences, but in the long wrong Saddam was more of an asset to Al Queda than a liability.

    They also had a number of training facilities in Northern Iraq.
    It is foolish to think that a man who is a dictator of his country and remains in power only by murder and criminal acts would not know who was in his country doing what.

  8. Ben “decimating the al Qaeda soldiers who saw Iraq as their opportunity for a decisive strategic victory”
    Well, yeah, exept that there was no force or streangth in al Qaeda in Iraq until after the invation started, and as you propably know al Qaeda were very hateful of saddam hussein because he did not allow them to opperate in Iraq, and because his goverment was secular, rather then religeus 😛

  9. The trolls are out again. You would think that they would take a break during the holidays. I do want to make one corrections to their repeated claims that Bush has kept us safe. They are forgetting one big thing. Bush was the President on 9/11 and prior to the attacks he ignored warnings from his own intel people. How did he get a pass on that one??? And where is the evidence that any terrorist plot or plan was actually prevented by any of Bush’s legal and illegal policies?

  10. Bush is wildly unpopular (however one reads the numbers), particularly among large factions within the Republican Party itself.

    This would have been an excellent year for a third party small government candidate to shift the two party paradigm that has crushed many basic ideals within the United States. Sadly, our media are now fully invested in this charade themselves.

    Take this poll again in 2010 when more hidden treasures from the Bush Administration have started to come to light. The staggering depth of the United States economic situation will finally be sinking in by then as well. Let us hope that there are no more wars manufactured to distract us from solving our problems.

    Of course, countries may also be at war for more traditional reasons as well by 2010. Scarce resources. Plummeting standards of living due to trade barriers and nationalized industries. Governments trying to channel popular uprisings into foreign aggression…

    Bush’s departure does not mark a new beginning for the United States. Our debts – both economic and moral – have not even been tallied yet. We and our children will be burdened by these for many decades to come.

  11. Marie writes:

    President Bush spent Xmas at Camp David again phoning US Troops and wishing them & their families the best.

    President Elect Obama spent Xmas in a 5,000 square foot $4,000 per night luxury home on the beach in Hawaii. Oh ya, he did show up at a Marine base in Hawaii looking fit, spiffy with his new golf pants, and well tanned for 20 minutes for a photo op but then decided against eating with the Marines there.

    MARIE I COULDN’T AGREE WITH YOU MORE! GOD BLESS OUR PRESIDENT BUSH AND WTF IS OBAMA THINKING HE IS DOING IN A LUXURY HOME IN HAWAII? WHAT A SNOBBISH JERK HE (OBAMA) IS TURNING OUT TO BE!

  12. Why Are We Safer? (GREAT POST!)
    12/26/08

    In the Washington Times, Michael Chertoff poses the question that should be on everyone’s mind as we usher in a new administration:
    Why has our country remained safe since September 11? Because of concrete policies the president has pursued – policies that range from reorganizing the intelligence community to taking the fight to our enemies, from monitoring terrorist communications to creating the Department of Homeland Security.

    I don’t think there is any doubt that that is true. Chertoff, as Secretary of Homeland Security, understandably concentrates on the steps undertaken by his department:

    On an average day, the men and women of my department will screen more than 2 million domestic air travelers, inspect more than 300,000 vehicles crossing our borders, check more than 70,000 shipping containers for dangerous materials, and secure thousands of pieces of critical infrastructure.

    Chertoff describes numerous defensive measures that have been taken since 2001, all of which seem sensible. He also notes progress with regard to illegal immigration:

    At our borders, we have built hundreds of miles of pedestrian and vehicle fence, doubled the size of the U.S. Border Patrol, and added new technology to prevent the entry of terrorists, criminals, illegal aliens, and dangerous drugs and weapons.

    In the interior, we have arrested record numbers of illegal aliens, including more than 11,000 gang members and 34,000 fugitives. We also have cracked down on employers that violate immigration laws, while giving businesses better tools, such as E-Verify, to maintain a legal workforce. The result has been a historic reversal in illegal immigration, with no net increase in the illegal immigrant population in our country for the first time in decades.

    If that’s all correct, it’s a good thing. Nevertheless, my instinct is that the Bush administration’s success in preventing terrorist attacks has much more to do with the offensive measures it has undertaken–intercepting terrorist communications overseas, aggressively following up leads gained from captured terrorists, taking the fight to the enemy abroad, decimating the al Qaeda soldiers who saw Iraq as their opportunity for a decisive strategic victory–than with the defensive measures which Chertoff has overseen, however necessary and appropriate those measures might be. I hope the incoming administration understands that it can duplicate the Bush administration’s success at home only if it is willing to continue its aggressive fight against terrorists abroad.

  13. President Bush spent Xmas at Camp David again phoning US Troops and wishing them & their families the best.

    President Elect Obama spent Xmas in a 5,000 square foot $4,000 per night luxury home on the beach in Hawaii. Oh ya, he did show up at a Marine base in Hawaii looking fit, spiffy with his new golf pants, and well tanned for 20 minutes for a photo op but then decided against eating with the Marines there.

  14. I betcha BATHTUB BOY Keith Olbermann and his sidekick BOY WONDER Rachael Maddow will be all over this but won’t bother to tell their small nitwit audience that watch them that CNN/Opinion Reseaerch Corporation AGAIN overpolled Democrats and that small nitwit audience won’t bother reading the poll fine print.

    CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Polled 49% Democrats, 29% Independents, and 22% Republicans. Once again proving you cannot believe any poll out there that has CNN’s name to it.

    People, you have to look at EVERY POLL that the media publishes to find out how they twisted it. Remember, these same polls had Obama winning every state by a huge margin that didn’t happen.

  15. WHAT A CROCK!

    CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Polled 49% Democrats, 29% Independents, and 22% Republicans. Once again proving you cannot believe any poll out there that has CNN’s name to it.

    People, you have to look at EVERY POLL that the media publishes to find out how they twisted it. Remember, these same polls had Obama winning every state by a huge margin that didn’t happen.

  16. THIS POLL IS A JOKE!

    CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Polled 49% Democrats, 29% Independents, and 22% Republicans. Once again proving you cannot believe any poll out there that has CNN’s name to it.

    People, you have to look at EVERY POLL that the media publishes to find out how they twisted it. Remember, these same polls had Obama winning every state by a huge margin that didn’t happen.

  17. THIS POLL IS A JOKE!

    CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Polled 49% Democrats, 29% Independents, and 22% Republicans. Once again proving you cannot believe any poll out there that has CNN’s name to it.

    People, you have to look at EVERY POLL that the media publishes to find out how they twisted it. Remember, these same polls had Obama winning every state by a huge margin that didn’t happen.

  18. “Even excluding industry lobbyists, bailout recipients, and environmental felons, that leaves five percent.”

    You forgot about the terrorists!

  19. I almost feel bad for the guy. Then I look at the state of the country, and I remember why I disliked him intensely all the years of his presidency.

    I’m almost curious what his future will be like. Clinton has his Clinton Global Initiative, gives speeches across the country, and is still very much a beloved figure. I’d hate to think Bush Jr. will disappear into anonymity and be ostracized, but I can’t see him being able to salvage anything resembling his dignity following his exit from the White House. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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